Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday held telephone talks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Fumio told Johnson that he is considering whether to attend the leaders’ session of the UN climate summit. Further, the climate summit will organize in Glasgow in early November. The topic of the climate summit is climate change talks, a senior Foreign Ministry official said.
Moreover, Fumio expects to decide whether to travel to the Scottish city. It is to attend the gathering, known as COP26. Further, it is depending on how Japan’s ruling coalition fares in the general elections on October 31. Also, if he would have an opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with United States President Joe Biden.
Further, Johnson told Fumio that Britain is considering lifting import restrictions on Japanese food. These restrictions were imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the ministry said.
Kishida is expected to decide whether to travel to the known as COP26 summit depending on how Japan’s ruling coalition fares in the general election on Oct. 31. https://t.co/M1uQvENFbG
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The telephone talks between Kishida and Johnson
During their first phone talks since Kishida took office last week, the leaders agreed to strengthen Japan-UK relations. Further, they also agreed to continue working closely together to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Moreover, the two welcomed the recent strengthening in security cooperation between their countries. Further, they agreed to sign at an early date an agreement to boost interoperability and coloration between Japan’s Self-Defence Forces and British Armed forces. These all information is giving by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of both countries.
Further, the negotiations for a Reciprocal Access Agreement come as Tokoyo and London are stepping up coordination. It is due to counter China’s military buildup and assertive territorial claims in the Indo-Pacific region. Fumio and Johnson also exchanged views on the “regional situation” including on China and North Korea. According to the ministry, in the above context, they resumed ballistic missile tests.
During the roughly 30-minute call, Johnson called Fumio to attend COP26 and he replied that he is considering that. But Kishida may not join the gathering in person if the ruling coalition performs poorly in the general elections. In the elections, he is seeking a strong mandate to implement an economiv=c package to fight COVID-19. Further, he has said attending virtually would be an option.
The leaders also discussed Britain’s bid to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is an 11-member regional free trade agreement, the ministry said.